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De Rust Guest House is situated on the outskirts of the historical town of Heidelberg. The Victorian style house and outbuildings dates back to 1906.

Frederick Jacobus Bezuidenhout and his wife, Wilhelmina Christina Johanna Meyer contracted Carel August Meischke to design the mansion. It was built in 1906 by Johannes Joubert.

Frederick Jacobus Bezuidenhout's father also named Frederick Jacobus Bezuidenhout came to Heidelberg, South Africa from the Netherlands. In 1858 he decided to move futher north and stayed on the farm Braamfontein. He later acquired the farms Doornfontein, Turffontein, Bezuidenhoutsvallei and Judith Paarl. Judith Paarl was named after his wife Judith Cornelia Estresia.

Frederick Jacobus Bezuidenhout (FJB) (De Rust) and his wife imported all the building material for De Rust from overseas.

The house currently consists of fourteen rooms: 4 bedrooms, a mens smoke room, a ladies lounge, entrance hall, a TV room (originally a bedroom), a bathroom, toilet, breakfast room, dining room, kitchen, pantry and a hallway which is 17.6m long and 1.8m wide.

The furniture and sanitary ware was ordered from England from a catalogue. The original furniture was replaced by Bes Liebenberg, the wife of Cor Liebenberg and she distributed the original furniture between the Bezuidenhout children because she preferred more modern furniture. The wallpaper and velvet curtains were imported in crates from England. The mosaic tiles in the hallway was imported from Italy. The floors were made from pine imported from Oregon in America. The four fireplaces are made of rosewood and are decorated with mantle pieces, mirrors and brass trimmings. The main entrance door and the door of the men's smoke room onto the veranda are decorated with colorful stained glass windows. The ceilings throughout the house are pressed steel. The veranda surrounds the house and is decorated with cast iron balustrades imported from Glasgow with a wooden rail. The Veranda roof is decorated with brooky lace all round. The total cost of the erection was 6000 pound.

Meer oor De Rust

De Rust Gastehuis lê op die buitewyke van die historiese dorpie Heidelberg, die pragtige ou Victoriaanse opstal en buitegeboue dateer uit 1906.

Frederick Jacobus Bezuidenhout en sy vrou, Wilhelmina Christina Johanna Meyer, laat die opstal deur Mattheus Carel August Meischke ontwerp. In 1906 bou Johannes Joubert die huis.

Frederick Jacobus Bezuidenhout se pa ook genoem Frederick Jacobus Bezuidenhout het van Nederland na Heidelberg gekom. Hy besluit in 1858 om verder noord te trek en vestig hom op die plaas Braamfontein. Hy het in sy leeftyd dan ook die plase Doornfontein, Turffontein, Bezuidenhoutsvallei en Judith Paarl bekom. Judith Paarl is na sy vrou, Judith Cornelia Estresia, vernoem.

Frederick Jacobus Bezuidenhout (FJB) (De Rust) en sy vrou het al die boumateriale vir De Rust vanaf die buiteland laat invoer.

Die huis bestaan tans uit 14 vertrekke waaronder daar 4 slaapkamers, n mansrookkamer, damessitkamer, ingangsportaal, tv kamer (oorspronklik n slaapkamer), badkamer, toilet, ontbytkamer, eetkamer, kombuis, spens en n gang wat 17.6m lank en 1.8m breed is.

Die meubels en sanitre ware is volgens katalogus uit England uit bestel. (Die oorspronklike meubels is ongelukkig deur Bes Liebenberg, Cor Bezuidenhout se vrou, aan die Bezuidenhout-kinders verdeel, omdat sy n smaak vir moderner meubels in haar huis gehad het.) Die muurpapier en fluweelgordyne is in kratte van Engeland af ingevoer. Die mosaiek gangtels is van Itali ingevoer Al die plankvloere is van dennehout, afkomstig van die staat Oregon in Amerika, gemaak. Die 4 kaggels is van rooshout gemaak en volledig met skoorsteenmantels, spiels en geelkoper afwerking. Kleurvolle loodglasvensters versier die hoofingang, sowel as die stoepdeur van die mansrookkamer. Die plafonne is almal van gedrukte staal gemaak. Die stoep strek reg rondom die huis en is afgewerk met gegote yster (vanaf Glasgow) wat n houtreling bo-op het. Die stoepdak is afgerond met brooky lace wat reg rondom strek. Die oprig van die huis het FJB (De Rust) destyds ongeveer 6000 pond uit die sak gejaag.

 

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